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As far as the Mini lineup goes, the John Cooper Works models sit at the very top of the performance spectrum. But that's not enough for Mini's (relatively) new chief Kay Segler. The German auto exec came to the post from the M division of parent company BMW, and that's what Segler wants for the Mini brand as well.

So what does a further differentiated JCW line mean for the Mini? That's hard to say at this point, beyond marketing, but we could be looking at even more powerful versions than the 208-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbo four currently employed. With the arrival of the JCW Countryman, Mini will have created Works versions of every bodystyle in its considerable portfolio – and it will have a more powerful 223hp mill on its hands, which could find its way into the rumored upcoming Mini GP edition as well.

More exciting JCW models aren't all that Segler has planned for Mini, however. According to Car and Driver, as U.S. demand is growing for for Mini's diesel-powered models already offered in Europe and other markets. While we wouldn't expect an oil-burning Mini to find its way across the Atlantic in this generation of models, once the next series comes along in the next couple of years, a diesel-powered Mini could wind up in American showrooms.


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      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      could this help reliability?
      nickms3
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since JCW is their in house tuning division doesn't that already make it like BMW's M division? Kind of confused here.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      hell yes! genuinely looking forward to a Mini Cooper D
      PoMoMangler
      • 3 Years Ago
      Instead of bringing over a bunch of engine options and creating a new performance division, I would prefer it if Mini/BMW focused on making their cars more reliable so I could finally buy one.
        dan1malk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PoMoMangler
        I am in the market for a car of the Mini's price and size in the six months. While I have a long list of potential vehicles that I am considering, the Mini never makes that top spot because of its questionable reliability. :/
          Kent Koester
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dan1malk
          I had a 1st gen Mini Cooper S and it was the most unreiable fun car I've ever owned. Luckily after it spent 12 out of the first 20 days of ownership in the shop they dealership realized a new dual mass flywheel and clutch assembly was too expensive and gave me a full refund. I learned a valuable thing............BMW's cheapest cars are cheap POS's.
          Dayv
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dan1malk
          My wife has owned two Minis, and neither has ever been to the shop for anything but scheduled maintenance. A friend is on her third, and the only problem was a broken seat in one, which I think was due to a rather saucy form of misuse...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        atc98092
        • 3 Years Ago
        Because it gives in the neighborhood of 40% better mileage, typically longer engine life (3-400,000 miles), higher residual value (as mentioned) and gobs of low end torque, which is more useful for about 80% of most people's driving. Maintainance is changing oil and filters, although I don't know if the Mini has a timing belt or chain. Belts need changing around 100,000 miles. They're just plain a kick in the pants to drive...
        mapoftazifosho
        • 3 Years Ago
        Residuals...whether or not you believe it's deserved...it's a valid arrangement.
        Kumar
        • 3 Years Ago
        And the cost of diesel relative to gasoline varies during the year. Keep in mind the benefits of better highway mileage, while hybrids excel in city driving.
      tarheel91
      • 3 Years Ago
      AWD/RWD please. I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tarheel91
        What makes you think a small & already-agile car like this needs to be RWD or AWD? I don't understand the mentality on here sometimes with the posts I read. Do you not know anything about the history of the Mini? And AWD? Really? Sure, let's add hundreds of lbs of weight with an AWD system, only to add huge amounts of understeer on a car with this type of engine layout.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
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          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
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          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          Not sure what a Mini weighs these days... But if it's under 2550lbs and has more than 250 torque - I would say that FWD is definitely being pushed to the limit. It's not only traction in a straight line.. but if you get on it in a turn / on ramp - the torque steer gets really bad very fast. Most people haven't seen it in a mini so far because they have all been under 200torque. It's not only the weight of the car that makes a difference - but also the balance / tire size / torque and FWD that all work against a mini when it comes to handling. The weight of the car thankfully makes it easily flickable - but I agree the car would be infinitely better with RWD - The BRZ / Toyota will be the close to the same weight and rwd - so we will soon have dynamic comparisons between the two to actually see and stop speculating. Can't wait!
          Hernan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          I would like one with rear-biased AWD. Roads aren't always dry, and torque steer sucks.
        tump
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tarheel91
        AWD is already available in the Countryman.
      phillip
      • 3 Years Ago
      I diesel cubman sounds really fun.
      Dvanos
      • 3 Years Ago
      JCW Minis are already pretty expensive a raised in performance is more than likely to include a raise in prices. Who is going to pay $40k for a Mini?? Not many.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just give me 200hp of diesel Mini M with a boatload of torque. BF brakes and tires. Locking diff. Sold!
      andy
      • 3 Years Ago
      The best thing about my JCW is the brembo brake set-up. I would definitely appreciate much more horse power but frankly I could really use rear wheel or all wheel drive instead of the front wheel set up it currently has.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @andy
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      noahbalboa
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone know what the size of the diesel is in the european version?
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